Hunter Kilner is hoping for a wet track for his horse Splitzer.
Hunter Kilner is hoping for a wet track for his horse Splitzer. Adam Hourigan

RACING: Splitzer hopes for wet track at Grafton

WHILE most holiday makers are hoping for sunny skies, trainer Hunter Kilner wouldn't mind seeing a wet track in Grafton today for The Jackal Flying.

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Kilner has experienced horse Splitzer lining up in barrier seven, and hopes to turn things around from last start, where it ran a disappointing last.

"Race horses are a bit like that, they can be an inconsistent animal, so I can't really explain what happened there," Kilner said.

"I think he just must of had an off day, because until then he was running really well.

"He likes a wet track, so if we get a couple of inches of rain he will like that, but we will just see how he goes anyway."

5 - Splitzer makes a last minute dash on the extreme outside (front) take just win Race 4 Laisee Summer Dash at Clarence River Jockey Club.
5 - Splitzer makes a last minute dash on the extreme outside (front) take just win Race 4 Laisee Summer Dash at Clarence River Jockey Club. Adam Hourigan

Splitzer has placed three times in his last five starts since his last spell, but Kilner said he might be due for another spell soon.

"You've got to manage their spell lengths as they get a bit older, and Splitzer is a little bit like me, getting ready for the pension," he said.

"He will probably race on another preparation, but might have to have a spell soon, just have to take it one day at a time.

"It all depends on how he pulls up after each run, just play it one week at a time."

7 - Our Blevic - ridden by Jesse Graham comes down the outside to win Race 2 from 4 - Splitzer at Clarence River Jockey Club.
7 - Our Blevic - ridden by Jesse Graham comes down the outside to win Race 2 from 4 - Splitzer at Clarence River Jockey Club. Adam Hourigan

 

The seven-year-old bay gelding was under embargo after last start, but was worked in front of a vet Wednesday morning and given the all clear.

"The stewards just wanted him to have a vet certificate, but there's no problems or issues with that," Kilner said.

Matthew Page brings 5- Splitzer back to scale after a narrow win in Race 4 at the Clarence River Jockey Club.
Matthew Page brings 5- Splitzer back to scale after a narrow win in Race 4 at the Clarence River Jockey Club. Adam Hourigan

 

Matt Paget is back in the saddle for Splitzer, and Kilner said he is confident he can put in a good ride.

Kilner also has Punjab Rocket lining up in The Jackal Flying, who ran a good third last start, in Ballina in the same race as Splitzer, after a lengthy spell.

"Punjab Rocket likes the wet as well, so I'm hoping for the best and a bit of rain," he said.



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